During the pandemic, one song brought the world together and showed everyone that we can get through it together.
Jerusalema united the world and got everyone dancing to the same tune and moves. Even celebrities got in on the action and shared their moves on social media.
It has now been revealed that the mastermind behind the song has now been sued for copyright infringement.
In a lawsuit against Master KG (Kgaogelo Moagi), local artists Charmza The DJ (Presley Ledwaba) and Biblos (Ntimela Chauke) claim they are the original creators of the song.
In a statement released by the duo, they revealed that neither they nor the vocalist Nomcebo Zikode have been paid.
“The song was the result of a collaboration between music producer Charmza The DJ, who composed the music for the song, and Nomcebo Zikode, who wrote the lyrics of the song and performed it for the master recording. It was also produced in studio by Charmza The DJ.”
The statement further claims that Master KG invited both Charmza The DJ and Nocembo to his recording studio to work on a new song, but it was alleged that he was not even in the room when the Jerusalema song conceptualised, created and the master recording of it produced.
News24 reports that no contract was entered into and no rights clearances were secured from the copyright owners for Master KG of his record label to release the song and commercialise it under their name only and for their profit only.
Master KG allegedly also did not secure a licence or clearance from Biblos, the owner of the sound recording that was sampled in the track.
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